2012 Helpmann Award Winners Announced
The 2012 Helpmann Awards®, celebrating excellence and achievement in 41 categories of live performance in Australia, were announced at a Black Tie ceremony at the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, on September 24.
Just a year after Nancye Hayes was recognised with a J. C. Williamson Lifetime Achievement Award, she picked up the 2012 Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, in Grey Gardens. It was one of three awards The Production Company picked up for its Melbourne-based, low budget, short single city run Australian premiere, stealing the limelight from the big budget musicals. A Chorus Line took out the Best Musical ‘Bobby’.
On the dramatic front, the STC’s Gross und Klein (Big and Small) scored two awards for Best Director (Benedict Andrews) and Best Female Actor in a Play (Cate Blanchett (featured in the image above - photographer: Lisa Tomasetti), while Paul Capsis and Griffin’s Angela’s Kitchen took out the Best Male Actor in a Play and New Australian Work awards. Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, presented by Back to Back Theatre and Malthouse Theatre, took out Best Play.
On the Opera front, both Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on the Harbour La Traviata and the State Opera of South Australia’s Moby Dick took out multiple awards. Moby Dick was recognized as the best Opera production, while La Traviata shared the Best Special Event Bobby. Emma Matthews pictured right in La Traviata, took out Best Female Performer in an Opera, her seventh Helpmann Award. Photographer: Lindsay Kearney. (Read more about Moby Dick here.)
Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl garnered three awards.
Simon Burke hosted his seventh Helpmann Awards Ceremony, which included performances by the casts of Cirque du Soleil, The South Pacific Company, and The Chorus Line Company; Artistes from The Australian Ballet; from A Long Way to the Top – Marcia Hines, Jon Stevens, Brian Cadd, Doug Parkinson and Ian Moss; and Aston, Dan Sultan with a Tribute to Jimmy Little AO, and Bernadette Robinson.
Burke opened proceedings with a musical sequence about his Helpmann Award nerves, based on ‘Another Opening, Another Show’, and A Chorus Line, supported by appearances including Bobby Helpmann himself, channeled by Helpmann winner Peter Carroll.
Award Presenters included Amanda Bishop, Blake Bowden, Bille Brown AM, BryanBrown AM, Darcey Bussell CBE, Daniel Carter, Kate Ceberano, Gerry Connolly, Li Cunxin, Cameron Daddo, Lucy Durack, Marta Dusseldorp, Amanda Harrison, Verity Hunt-Ballard, Genevieve Lemon, Matt Lee, David McAllister AM, Lisa McCune, Rob Mills, Simon Phillips, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Leo Schofield AM, The Hon. George Souris, Stuart Wagstaff AM, and John Waters.
Australia’s own Tony Award host Hugh Jackman was the evening’s surprise final presenter, announcing the Best Musical winner.
The ceremony moved along at a far snappier pace this year, thanks to the fact that the TV broadcast will be live this year, rather than direct broadcasts of previous years. Even so, it was still long night.
Following the Awards Ceremony guests enjoyed an After Party at Marquee at The Star.
The 2012 Helpmann Award Winners
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Bert LaBonte - An Officer and a Gentleman - Sharleen Cooper Cohen, John Frost
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Nancye Hayes - Grey Gardens- The Production Company
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Bob Hornery - The Importance of Being Earnest - Melbourne Theatre Company
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Robyn Nevin - Summer of the Seventeenth Doll - Belvoir
Best Costume Design
Toni Maticevski and Richard Nylon - Aviary: A Suite for the Bird
Phillip Adams BalletLab in Melbourne Festival 2011
Best Scenic Design
Brian Thomson - La Traviata
Opera Australia - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Best Lighting Design
Paul Jackson - Little Match Girl - Malthouse Theatre in association with Meow Meow Revolution
Best Sound Design
Tony David Cray - La Traviata - Opera Australia - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Best International Contemporary Concert
Prince Welcome 2 Australia - Prince, presented by Van Egmond Group and Chugg Entertainment
Best Contemporary Music Festival
MONA FOMA - Museum of Old and New Art
Best Australian Contemporary Concert
Kylie Aphrodite Les Folies Tour 2011 - Kylie Minogue and The Frontier Touring Company
Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production
Stephen Page - IDfrom Belong - Bangarra Dance Theatre
Best Choreography in a Musical
Kelly Devine - Rock of Ages - Rodney Rigby and the Rock of Ages Australia Management LLC
Best Direction of a Musical
Roger Hodgman - Grey Gardens - The Production Company
Best Direction of an Opera
Leonard Foglia - Moby Dick- State Opera of South Australia
Best Direction of a Play
Benedict Andrews - Gross und Klein (Big and Small) - Sydney Theatre Company
Best Special Event
La Traviata - Opera Australia – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Lotterywest Festival Celebration: Place Des Anges by Les Studios De Cirque - 2012 Perth International Arts Festival
Best Original Score
David Page and Steve Francis – Belong- Bangarra Dance Theatre
Best Individual Classical Music Performance
Evgeny Kissin - Presented by Sydney Symphony and Brisbane Festival
Best Chamber &/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Tafelmusik 'The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres' - Musica Viva Australia
Best Symphony Orchestra Concert
Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin - Sydney Symphony
Best Music Direction
Iain Grandage - Little Match Girl- Malthouse Theatre in association with Meow Meow Revolution
Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Grant Doyle - Moby Dick- State Opera of South Australia
Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Orla Boylan – Elektra- A Co-Production of West Australian Opera, ThinIce, Perth International Arts Festival and Opera Australia
Best New Australian Work
Paul Capsis, Julian Meyrick and Hilary Bell - Angela's Kitchen- Griffin Theatre Company
Best Comedy Performer
Tim Minchin - Tim Minchin vs The Orchestras Round II- Fox in the Snow
Best Cabaret Performer
Meow Meow - Little Match Girl- Malthouse Theatre in association with Meow Meow Revolution
Best Regional Touring Production
Namatjira- Big hART, created with the Namatjira family
Best Presentation for Children
Boats- Terrapin Puppet Theatre
Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production
Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production
Paul White - Anatomy of an Afternoon- Martin del Amo, Performing Lines and Sydney Festival
Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production
Charmene Yap - 2 One Another- Sydney Dance Company
Best Male Performer in an Opera
Anthony Dean Griffey - Of Mice & Men- Opera Australia
Best Female Performer in an Opera
Emma Matthews - La Traviata- Opera Australia - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Best Male Actor in a Musical
Mitchell Butel - The Mikado- Opera Australia
Best Female Actor in a Musical
Pamela Rabe - Grey Gardens - The Production Company
Best Male Actor in a Play
Paul Capsis - Angela's Kitchen- Griffin Theatre Company
Best Female Actor in a Play
Cate Blanchett - Gross und Klein (Big and Small)- Sydney Theatre Company
Best Ballet or Dance Work
Can We Talk About This?- Presented by DV8 Physical Theatre and Sydney Opera House. Co-produced with Théâtre de la Ville and Festival d'Automne, Paris, National Theatre of Great Britain and Dansens Hus Stockholm.
Moby Dick- State Opera of South Australia
Ganesh Versus the Third Reich - Presented by Back to Back Theatre, Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival
A Chorus Line - Tim Lawson in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre
Each year Live Performance Australia gives two JC Williamson AwardsTM to distinguished members of Australia's live entertainment industry for their extraordinary contribution to the industry. Katharine Brisbane of Currency Press was recognized, along with the late Jimmy Little AO.
Retiring Executive Producer Jon Nichols was also recognized with an Outstanding Contribution award.
The Helpmann Awards®, established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA), will be broadcast exclusively live on Tuesday 25 September at 8.30pm on Australia’s arts and entertainment channel STUDIO – channel 132 on Foxtel.